Academics & Research

Research

Research

In addition to education, and the multitude of avenues and services that University of Utah Health provides, our faculty and staff conduct, collaborate, and initiate research. We advance knowledge through innovative, basic, and clinical research and translate our discoveries into applications that help people.

The University of Utah is ranked among the top 30 public research universities in the nation with particular distinctions in medicine and genetics. As a result of our benchmarking research, the university received over $309 million in research and student aid funding from external sources and ranks 15th in the nation for significant awards to faculty for research efforts.

Research in the health sciences spans many fields of study. From genetics, to molecular biology – from biomedical engineering to drug and pharmaceutical research; University of Utah researchers are on the leading edge of the development and enhancement of knowledge in the medical and health sciences.

News & Blog

First-of-its-Kind Survey Reveals Significant Disconnects in How Three Key Stakeholders—Patients, Physicians, Employers—Perceive the Health Care Experience
Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
Nov 29, 2017

First-of-its-Kind Survey Reveals Significant Disconnects in How Three Key Stakeholders—Patients, Physicians, Employers—Perceive the Health Care Experience

Quality, ,

University of Utah Health today announced results of the Value in Health Care Survey, a landmark study that examines the viewpoints of patients, physicians and employers—three stakeholder groups that directly receive, provide, and pay for health care. The study explores how these groups perceive value and prioritize its components of quality, service and cost. ... Read More

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Trace Timeline of Tumor Evolution in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
Education, Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation
Nov 27, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Trace Timeline of Tumor Evolution in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

A new study by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah observed how breast cancer tumors evolve over time and demonstrated how changes within tumors may contribute to the process by which cancers no longer respond to treatment. Further, the research identifies that some of these changes may be shared across certain treatment-resistant breast cancers. The study was published this month in Nature Communications. ... Read More

Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors
Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
Nov 22, 2017

Risk for Aging-related Diseases Elevated Among Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

Risk for aging-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes was significantly higher among thyroid cancer survivors in Utah than it was among age-matched, cancer-free individuals, with those diagnosed before age 40 having the highest risk for some of the diseases, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research... Read More

Driving Discovery


A Viral “Bait-and-Switch” Boosts Infection

Viruses have come up with a clever way of overcoming the organism it seeks to infect: it turns the host’s biology upon itself. But in the case of an aggressive herpesvirus that descends upon non-human primates, ...

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Vitamin C Regulates Blood Stem Cells, Decreasing Risk of Blood Cancer

Adult stem cells are a cellular blank slate.  These unspecialized cells grow for long periods and can morph into specialized cells to maintain and repair tissues in the body. Most adult stem cells produce special...

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The Severity of Heart Scar Tissue May Increase Incidence of Stroke

In a recent study, University of Utah Health researchers found severe left atrial fibrosis was associated with an increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, including stroke, heart att...

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Immune System Cells Protect Against CMV-Induced Hearing Loss in Mice

Immune system cells known as natural killer (NK) cells play an important protective role against hearing loss in mice infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV), according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. Mot...

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